Devils Lake pick up Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball win over Fargo North 26-24, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21.
Devils Lake set the tempo to its volleyball match against Fargo North right out the gate with an ace by Taylor Windjue on the opening serve. The ball kept rolling from there.
The Firebirds took down the Spartans 3-1 Thursday night from the Sports Center for their third win in the row. The win also put the Firebirds tied with Shanley for second in the Eastern Dakota Conference, both are 1 1/2 games behind unbeaten Fargo Davies.
“I think everyone for the most part contributed,” said Devils Lake head coach Carla Freschette. “We were active. But overall I think every body really put their game out there.”
Devils Lake (8-4, 5-1 EDC) controlled the second and fourth sets, leading nearly throughout in both. However, the first set was tightly contested. After the opening point of the set, the Firebirds fell behind 5-1 but rallied to tie the match at 6-all after a kill by Maya Barendt. A kill by Kyleigh Toso, followed by an ace by Toso gave the Firebirds the 10-7 advantage but the Spartans kept it close, tying the set at 22.
The Firebirds eventually won set No. 1 26-24.
Devils Lake turned a tied second set into a three point win by ending the set on a 4-1 run after the Spartans (5-7, 3-4) tied the set at 21-all.
The Spartans led by as many as six, 13-7, in the third set and the Firebirds clawed back to within one after a Toso kill made the scored 14-13. But the Firebirds only managed five more points the rest of the set, losing 19-25.
“I think it’s based on confidence and volleyball is such a momentum sport that ups and downs are just as much part of the game as a volleyball,” Freschette said when asked about the difficulty of closing teams out in the three set minimum. “It’s just a momentum sweep back and forth.”
A Toso kill in the fourth set gave the Firebirds an 11-10 lead that they never relinquished as they won the the final set 25-21.
Mattea Vetch had 11 kills and seven digs, Toso had nine kills and four digs, Chiara Olson had nine kills, four aces, 11 digs and three assists and Windjue had six kills, nine digs, two aces and 40 assists for the Firebirds who finished with a 2.07 serve-receive. Kaylee Leabo had 10 kills and three blocks, Grace Miller had six kills and three blocks and Karlie Goschen had three aces and 21 assists for the Spartans.
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